Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sorting Team

11 X 14 Oil


Bulleted ListRanch rodeos are always a great place to get action images and this one in Dublin, Texas last April was no exception. For the uneducated, Ranch Rodeos are team competitions. Local ranches put together a team of 4 cowboys and they compete in assorted events - like penning, loading, sorting, roping and wild cow milking. The guys (and sometimes gals) take the competition very seriously - especially since there is usually a little money and a lot of bragging rights on the line!
See this painting at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas and come see ME November 6 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm - and many of the other Artists of Texas. You won't be disappointed in our art!
James 2:17
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bandit Betrayal

24 X 30 Oil
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Another large version of a small painting. This one, too, will be in the Dutch Art Gallery Show through December 31.
Who's betraying who in this action packed painting? Come see me at the show and I'll tell you MY version of the story!
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Matthew 28:15
So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dusty Work

16 X 20 Oil
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I painted this as a small 9 X 12 first, made a few changes and enlarged it to 16 X 20.
This painting will be in the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas. Show opens November 2 and goes through December 31. Over 40 artists from Texas will be displaying their work, and the reception is Saturday, November 6 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. I have seen much of the work to be displayed and I am overwhelmed at the quality. And the pricing is very competitive for original, creative work. (And I am not just talking about MY work!)
Starting November 1, you will be able to view many of the paintings available on-line and I will post the link here. Stay tuned!
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Proverbs 20:13
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Longhorn Steer on a Bone

Image area 1.5 X 2 inches
acrylic on white tail deer bone - contact artist
I have a friend who raises Longhorns and wants me to paint a portrait of a favorite cow on a bone. I have had many challenges before, but this is my first bone painting!
I thought I'd better experiment first, and I found this small piece of deer bone in the pasture. After I cleaned it, I gessoed and primed it and then painted the image with acrylic, using an extender to keep the paint from drying too fast. I'll spray a matte varnish over it tomorrow.
Now I need to get ahold of a bovine hip or shoulder bone. A skull would be GREAT (especially if it had horns), but they are expensive and I don't want to part with any of mine.
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Proverbs 25:15
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Watching Your Back

10 X 3 1/4 Oil on Canvas panel $55
SOLD to a Houston Collector
This is a color study for a larger (probably 20 X 40) painting.
Monday I head for Dallas to haul 7 new paintings to the Dutch Art Gallery for the Artists of Texas Fall show which lasts through December 31 and I am really excited about it. They sold 2 large paintings for me last week and it seems I have a growing following up there.
Not much time to blog tonight - the Rangers are playing in less than an hour and they need me... :-)
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Proverbs 24:6
for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Texas Afternoon

6 X 8 Oil on Masonite panel $55
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I have a customer who wants a Texas Cactus painting and I have been searching for backgrounds. I have a number of cactus images - and this year was especially good for them. Believe it or not, but even cactus can be stressed by drought and those in our pastures were looking pretty bad...along with the live oaks and hackberries. AND grass! But this year's rain has been fair, though all at once, and the cactus have recovered.
Anyway, I drifted. This is a preliminary background for a cactus painting, which I have completed and will post tomorrow.
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Deuteronomy 28:12
The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Golden Goofball

16 X 16 oil on gallery wrap canvas - no frame needed
$220 includes shipping and insurance
I have painted this pooch before. He belongs to a "horsey" friend of mine and is a typical Golden Retriever. He wants everyone to share in his joy of life, and he never meets a stranger. I was at Tessa's to photograph her Arabians and this guy found a wash rag that he carried around, hoping someone would play with him. He ended up carrying it into a pond where he lost it.
I spent the next 15 minutes laughing at him looking for his rag - in muddy water! Hence the name "Goofball"!
I tried something different on this painting - I smushed some "Golden Gel Medium" around on the canvas first and then I painted the image. Makes for some interesting textures. Also I used DaVinci fast dry alkyd oil paint so this one will dry fast and won't need varnishing - in time for Christmas!
Isaiah 58:7
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Summertime Joy

18 X 34 Oil on Canvas
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This is one of the pieces that has consumed me for the past 4 weeks and I am 98% sure I am finished with it!
A precious friend in Florida shared a photo of her adorable daughter with me and I could not resist painting it...a great photo can make a great painting!
My favorite month is living up to its reputation. So far October has been great - and can only be made better with a couple thunderstorms. The fall garden is planted and it looks as if I may even get a crop of green beans before the weather turns cold in earnest. All chickens are laying and one is setting on 5 eggs. No sign of coyotes, but I HAVE heard a great horned owl outside the bedroom.
The Artists of Texas show at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas is nearly complete - advertising is in place and goodies arranged. I will post more info on this later - it will run through all of November and December. The "Open House Meet the Artist" reception will be Saturday afternoon, November 6 and I would LOVE to meet you there!
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Job 29:24
When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Roper - continuous line drawing

5 X 7 Blue ink on index $20
Includes shipping US
Some of the drawings I have done lately would work very well as paintings, and I get that suggestion regularly from my followers.
I have several canvases started, but my motivation right now is directed toward my future granddaughter (due in December), getting the winter garden planted, and starting Miss Dandy's training (Oh yeah, she's 2 1/2 now!). SO many interests and so little time...
Genesis 18:14
Is anything too hard for the LORD ? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."
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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Moo - continuous line drawing

blue ink on index 5 X 7 image area $20
This has been a busy week. Since I completed the paintings for the Dutch Art November Show, I got a chance to start Merideth's baby quilt - or should I say Addison's baby quilt? As a result, I have not drawn or painted, and when I don't post for several days, I hear from my mother "Are you all right?" Yes, Mom - this drawing is a shout-out to you! I am all right!
I have been a quilter since I was first married when we had very little money for Christmas gifts. (Back then, many people still thought the notion of BORROWING for gifts was absurd). BUT I knew how to sew and had tons of scraps (mostly knits and polyesters, but stills scraps). I had no idea what I was doing, but somehow I made my mother-in-law a twin sized, all squares, very heavy and not-very-attractive-but-quite-warm quilt. The top was mostly synthetic fabrics; the batting was an old blanket; and the back was a twin sheet left over from my college dorm days. I put the quilting stitches "in the ditch" - one at a time. It cost me nothing to make and was the start of a very long learning curve about quilt making. I have since become pretty good at it and have even taught some continuing-ed classes in quilting.
When I am through with this little one, I will show you - alongside the very first one.
Proverbs 4:2
I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
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